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Westwood Cinemas shows free screening of ‘The Polar Express’

FEBRUARY 5, 2015


On Christmas Eve morning, Westwood Cinemas hosted a free movie screening of ‘The Polar Express’ for the third year in a row. Santa Claus made an appearance and spent time with all those in attendance. The movie theater also partnered with LN Grand to hold a free raffle of the Lionel Train Set The Polar Express. LN Grand donated the Train Set. All those in attendance also received a free popcorn gift card for the theater and free kids meal at the Recovery Room; the kids received a candy cane from Santa. The winners of the train set were Lucy, Josie and Ellie Gallina, with their mother Lisa Gallina, Joseph Abou-Daoud, chamber director, and Steven Naginsky, LN Grand owner. Westwood Cinemas owner Spiros Papas with Abou-Daoud and the children.


Letter: Many thanks to those involved in Home for the Holidays

DECEMBER 11, 2014


To the editor:

Despite a dire forecast and steady rain, Westwood’s annual Home for the Holidays celebration last Saturday was another great holiday evening. Over 40 groups marched and rode down Westwood Avenue to Veterans Park, and thousands of people lined the street to watch the parade and wave to their friends and family. Delighting children of all ages were marching bands, many outstanding floats, fire trucks decked with lights, clowns, and storybook characters. This year’s theme of children’s books saw floats decorated with characters from “The Snow Queen,” “Elf on the Shelf” and “Dr. Seuss.” The organizations who participated in the parade spent many hours in preparation in adverse conditions and we sincerely thank each of them. There was free hot chocolate, popcorn, hot cider and cookies along the avenue and in the park. Adding to the fun, Westwood was visited by Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, the Nutcracker, Curious George and The Grinch. Many came out to celebrate the Westwood Regional School District State Champion Football Team and Marching Band (both winning back to back titles!) The children’s favorites, as always, are Mrs. Claus who read story hour at the library, and Santa and his reindeer atop WWFD truck 14.


Letter: Thanks to community for support

NOVEMBER 20, 2014


To The Editor:

On behalf of the Greater Pascack Valley Woman’s Club I would like to sincerely thank the community for its overwhelming support of our recent military bridge and tricky tray evening!

We appreciate our volunteers and attendees that made this night so much fun! Special thanks for all the donated items for our raffle baskets and to the following local businesses for their generous donations: Momma’s Kitchen (Montvale); Bat Barry’s Restaurant (Westwood); Magic Cleaners (Park Ridge); BMW; The Learning Express; Dairy Queen; Passion Nails (Park Ridge); The Hallmark Store; Michelle’s Salon (Woodcliff Lake); Bellissimo Restaurant (Montvale); Park Ridge Animal Hospital; The Jeweler’s Workbench (Park Ridge); Luigi from Bel Fiore Nursery; Westwood Cinemas and Starbucks.


Students rewarded for positive behavior

APRIL 4, 2013


Westwood Regional Middle School is in its second year of implementation of the Positive Behavior Supports in Schools (PBSIS) program. This program, developed in conjunction with the NJ Department of Education, is firmly founded in research-based best practices and encourages positive student-staff and student-student interactions. These positive interactions and expectations are rewarded to acknowledge socially desirable behaviors. This positive reinforcement has shown to increase the school climate and environment, as demonstrated by survey data from members of the school community. The program’s motto, as developed and voted on by students, is “Learn today, Soar tomorrow” and the school community strives to make its students accountable, empathetic, and successful each and every day.

Among those donating items for the monthly drawings are Bacari Grill and Wireless Depot Communications, in the Township of Washington, and Westwood businesses including Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, Trader Joe’s, Westwood Cinemas and You’re So Invited. Dairy Queen in Emerson, Dave and Buster’s in West Nyack, N.Y. as well as the NJ Devils, NJ Jackals and the New York Jets have also supported the program.


Tending to Business: Westwood Cinemas goes digital

JUNE 7, 2012



The Westwood Cinemas has undergone a makeover. The theater, which originally supported film reels, recently upgraded its entire audio and video systems to 100 percent digital technologies, and now supports two brand-new 3-D screens.

The theater upgraded its video systems by changing all the screens, as well as installing six brand new, all digital projectors from Moving Image Technologies, a leading manufacturer of cinema equipment based out of Fountain Valley, California. Two of these six new screens now support 3-D movies.